Spring semester has hardly begun and students are already making plans for spring break. For many Hamline students it’s not fun in the sun they are anticipating, but hard work on behalf of people they have never met.
The Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism is finalizing plans for its annual “Spring into Service” trips, which offer students a variety of opportunities to travel across the United States and lend their time and talent to a number of social justice and community issues.
During the week of March 27-April 2, Hamline students will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to help in the on-going recovery work following Hurricane Katrina, Washington D.C. to volunteer with homelessness outreach organizations, White Earth, Minnesota to learn about environmental justice issues, Chicago, Illinois to participate in community arts projects, and Bunnell, Florida to work with Habitat for Humanity.
In addition, students participating in a trip called “Pay it Forward” will travel by bus through six different states, stopping along the way to volunteer their time in whatever way the community has requested.
“Service-learning trips deepen students’ civic and leadership skills,” Coordinator of Service-Learning Sharon Jaffe said. “These mobile-learning opportunities build community among students and challenge students to compassionate action and courageous reflection about social justice issues and what they can do to be part of the solution.”
to find out more about the Office of Service Learning and “Spring into Service” trips.